Artist Opportunities

Listings are obtained from a variety of resources and their inclusion does not imply an endorsement from the Kentucky Arts Council. Before making a submission, please verify deadlines and requirements with the listing organization.


New Opportunities

Call for Writers - Short Story Contest (up to 1231 words) - With Cash Prizes

The Write Contest and Community

In the Short Story Contest we give you a genre, a character prompt, and a location prompt. You write the best story you can, within the word count given. All submissions are reviewed by our professional team and winners are chosen by our featured judging panel. This is the first year, and we don't know how many entries to expect. Prize money is GUARANTEED, no matter how many contestants enter. Learn More and Register at TheWriteContest.com

Santa Barbara, CA

Early Registration ($25) Ends April 1st / Registration ($35) Ends April 22nd

April 22, 2021


Open call for writers and artists

Sunspot Literary Journal

Sunspot Literary Journal offers an Editor's Prize of $50 for the annual edition, and pays for artwork selected for a cover. Now open for flash, stories, essays and memoir. Literary and genre welcome. Length up to 49,000 words. Poetry can be up to 1,250 lines. Translations welcome.




I Matter - Poetry about why Black Lives Matter

National Youth Foundation

Calling all youth writers and artist for the national 2021 "I Matter" poetry contest on why Black Lives Matter. Winners receive a $500 cash prize.

Philadelphia, PA

July 23, 2021


Open call for writers and artists

Sunspot Literary Journal

Sunspot Literary Journal is seeking articles and essays on working in any creative form. See the full guidelines for examples of the kinds of works we’re interested in. Payment: $0.01 per word ($50 US maximum per piece) when published.


October 31, 2021


Writers Groups

The Bard's Corner Writer's Group

Hardin County Public Library

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Established in September 2002, this is a free and open group for writers of all levels and genres.

Elizabethtown, KY

Grant Co. Writers Group

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Grant Co. Public Library, Williamstown.

Williamstown, Ky.


Women Who Write

All writers, all genders and genres and all levels of experience are encouraged to attend.

Louisville, Ky.

$75; $60 for Women Who Write members


The Capital City Writers Roundtable meets monthly in Frankfort, Ky.

Elizabethtown, KY


The Poezia Poetry Group meets every first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Common Grounds.

Lexington, Ky.


PenHouse Retreat Center is now open—a place for rest and creativity. PenHouse is a spacious two-story 120-year-old country home located in a horseshoe bend of the Elkhorn Creek in northern Franklin County. PenHouse is the perfect place to write, to host book parties and readings, to offer workshops or attend them.

Franklin County, KY


The InKY Reading Series is a monthly music and literature event held on the second Friday of the month at The Bard’s Town in Louisville, Ky. This event is always free.

Louisville, KY

Ongoing Opportunities


The Carnegie Center offers a variety of classes and seminars.

Lexington, Ky.


Ky Story

The PEN American Center offers a variety of emergency assistance, including grants, for professional writers.


Fine Arts Work Center

Building on the Fine Arts Work Center’s tradition of creative excellence and community, 24PearlStreet offers an engaging online learning experience led by nationally recognized poets and writers.


University of Kentucky's College of Arts & Sciences

Enrollment in workshops will begin when online registration opens, no later than July 2020. Workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis, limited to 11 participants each, meeting two times on Sept. 10-13, 2020 for 2 hours each day. There is a limit of one workshop per $175 registrant.

Lexington, KY


New Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

TFI: Filmmaker Programs

Tribeca Film Institute

We provided funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities for entry- to mid-level filmmakers.


New Opportunities

Rigel 2021: $750 for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art

Sunspot Literary Journal

Sunspot Lit is looking for the single piece of writing, art, or poetry that outshines the rest. Winner receives $750 plus publication. No restrictions on theme or category. See guidelines for details.


June 30, 2021


Ongoing Opportunities

Be An Artist-In-Residence

National Parks Service

The National Parks Service offers programs for visual artists, writers, musicians and other creative media. Programs vary, but residencies are typically two to four weeks in length and most include lodging. Often artists are invited to participate in park programs by sharing their art with the public.

Kentucky Peer Advisory Network (KPAN)

Kentucky Arts Council

Arts professionals on the KPAN roster are available to provide three- to six- hour consultancies to assist eligible organizations and individual artists with board development, grant writing, marketing and promotions, strategic planning, festival planning and other activities. Consultancy fees are paid by the Kentucky Arts Council.


New Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Visual & Craft

New Opportunities

Team Kentucky Covid-19 Memorial

Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial Fund

To commemorate the losses and sacrifices Kentuckians have experienced during this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, Governor Andy Beshear announced a Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial will be placed in at the State Capitol Monument Park to serve as a reminder to future generations of the sacrifices and losses of our fellow Kentuckians during this difficult time.

Funded by the Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial Fund, the commonwealth is seeking qualified artists with the experience and capacity to produce a permanent Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be professional artists over the age of 18 with a U.S. Federal Tax ID or Social Security number. Artist teams should have proven experience that demonstrates their professional qualifications working together as a team.

Selected artists or teams will submit a proposal for consideration, and be provided an honorarium of $3,000 for completion of the proposal. One artist or team will be selected and provided an all-inclusive budget of up to $500,000 to have a memorial in place by a target date of March 6, 2022.

For consideration, artists are required to submit the following:

  • Letter of interest (typed, 2 pages maximum) that includes a description of artist's interest in and approach to this project;
  • Current and Professional Resume or CV (2 pages maximum);
  • At least (3) professional references for individuals or institutions who possess or have commissioned your artwork. Please provide address, email and phone number; and
  • Visual Support Materials which shall include a minimum of five (5) and maximum of ten (10) recent/relevant jpg or pdf images of works that illustrate relevant previous experience. Please include descriptions for each project including title, artist team, date, materials, location, commissioning agency, and budget.

To apply, email JessicaS.Tyler@ky.gov. Applications must be submitted by May 30, 2021. Artists from Kentucky are highly encouraged to apply.

Frankfort, KY

May 30, 2021


Call to All North American Artists for "USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice 2021"


Cincinnati, OH

May 1, 2021


MASTER PIECES: International MFA/MA Exhibit

Manifest Creative Research Gallery

The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites current graduate students and MFA/MA degree recipients since January 2020 to submit original works of art to the 15th Annual Master Pieces exhibit. Every year Manifest offers an opportunity just for graduate students to exhibit at our gallery in Cincinnati. This installment of the Master Pieces project will continue to reveal the intensity and professionalism of students working towards their terminal academic degree in the field of art or design. Often the most exceptional work comes out of these artists' immersion in their culture of study and intellectual pursuit. Manifest's goal, therefore, is to select works that set the standard of quality that the artist is expected to maintain throughout his or her professional career and justify the degree of Master. ANNUAL CASH AWARD: The annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one significant cash prize to a single work selected as the 'best of the entire season'.

Cincinnati, OH

$25 for one entry, $40 for two to four entries, and $5 per each additional entry

May 3, 2021


PATTERN: International Call for Works Exploring Pattern

Manifest Creative Research Gallery

The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit original works of art that that address or feature pattern as a primary, but not necessarily exclusive, element. All manner of interpretations and explorations involving the concept or examples of pattern are welcome, including traditional and non-traditional approaches in any media. Whether by chance or design, natural or human-made, organic or geometric, a pattern is a motif repeated in such a way as to take on a predictable cumulative visual effect. Visual artists, designers, and craftspeople throughout history have embraced pattern as a device both for its utility and its visual impact. Manifest is curious how this is happening in the art of today, whether directly (works largely about and made by pattern) or indirectly (works featuring pattern as primary element, image, or form supporting other content). ANNUAL CASH AWARD: The annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one significant cash prize ($2500) to a single work selected as the 'best of the entire season'.

Cincinnati, OH

$40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry.

May 5, 2021


CHERISHED: International Call for Works About Things Most Loved

Manifest Creative Research Gallery

The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit original works of art that in some way relate to the theme of things most loved. Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts 2d or 3d media. Whether it is to protect or care for someone lovingly, to hold something dear, or to keep a hope or ambition in one's mind, the process of cherishing is something all people have experienced. It is a form of basic human common ground. It represents a deeply-seated connection to something 'other', something or someone outside ourselves, or a very special idea—a reflection upon something almost sanctified by reverence or attachment. How do artists and craftspeople of today embody such notions into physical works? How does the assembly of form (whether it be a flat and shape oriented two-dimensional image, or a voluminous object) attain a refinement capable of signifying cherishing? Or, how do artists represent the notion of such deep care, affection, and attachment through imagery?

Cincinnati, OH

$40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry.

May 6, 2021


3rd annual "Photo Finish" juried photography exhibition

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

Saratoga Springs, NY

May 10, 2021


Woodland Art Fair Artist

Lexington Art League

Lexington Art League and Lexington Parks & Recreation present the 45th annual Woodland Art Fair located in scenic Woodland Park in Lexington. The fair has been voted among the Top 200 Fine Art & Design Fairs by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The 2021 version of the fair will be a scaled-down, socially-distanced, and COVID-19 friendly event with fewer booths spread out over the same footprint, implementation and enforcement of Healthy at Work guidelines for vendors and patrons, controlled access with health screenings, controlled attendance with registration required in advance for limited time slots, a mask requirement, and additional handwashing and sanitizing stations.

Lexington, KY


May 16, 2021

859-254-7028, 859-288-2925


Manifest Creative Research Gallery

The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit proposals of original bodies of work for consideration during the 2021/22 exhibit season. On average, one-third of Manifest's exhibits are dedicated to solo exhibits. Solo exhibitors have included local, regional, and national artists from as far away as New York City, San Francisco, Canada, and Hong Kong. It is important to our non-profit mission that each of our seasons of free public exhibits consist of a balanced mix of solo and group thematic projects. The group shows provide diversity of approach, media, style, and geographic origin, while the solo exhibits provide a deeper insight into an artist's vision. Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media. Anyone can submit a proposal. Artists should bear in mind the need for a consistent and very strong body of work when submitting. Quality of documentation/images affects the committee's impression of the submitting artist.

Cincinnati, OH

Each proposal must be accompanied by a $50 non-refundable submission fee.

June 1, 2021


Abandoned: Time and Place - Louisville Photo Biennial 2021

The Chateau Gallery

Abandoned: Time and Place is an open call for photography that explores the theme of vacant, uninhabitable, or otherwise abandoned spaces. By capturing images of these spaces, we are able to see the ephemeral nature of each environment and preserve them, often moments before these spaces are forgotten, condemned, demolished, or otherwise lost to time. What do these vacant structures say about us as we leave them to decay during a spike in our world's unhoused population? What is the meaning of shelter, and what-or whom-are we abandoning during these unprecedented times?

Louisville, KY


August 1, 2021


The Object Seen: Contemporary Still Life Juried Exhibition

Art Center of the Bluegrass

The Object Seen - Contemporary Still Life is a celebration of one of art history's oldest traditions - the study and practice of the still life as subject matter. This exhibition honors both traditional realism as well as more experimental contemporary techniques and welcomes a variety of media.

Danville, KY

$25 for up to three entries. $35 for up to six entries.

August 1, 2021


Ongoing Opportunities

Call for Exhibitions: 2021-2022

Lexington Art League

Lexington, KY

Lexington Art League membership required

Call For Artists

B3 Gallery

Nashville, IN

Artist Residency Greek Island

The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts

Greek Island of Skopelos


Local Language

Oakland, CA


Looking for KENTUCKY based artists to show work at the Pendelton Arts Center

Ashland, KY

Call to artists and designers | Design Challenge



Yeiser Art Center

Paducah, KY

Looking to sell your work? The Yeiser Art Center is seeking consignment artwork to sell in the Gallery Store. All original art and craft media will be considered and selection will be based upon quality and marketability. Those interested in submitting work should send five to ten samples of their work, price list, contact information, a short biography and consideration about how the work should be displayed.